Houses for Sale in Clontarf
Local Area Guide
Clontarf has long been one of the most desirable addresses on the Dublin property buyer’s wish-list. A picturesque coastal suburb, it’s less than 10km (6 miles) from the city centre yet still retains its own village vibe. Throw in its wide range of great amenities including a beautiful seaside promenade and its easy to understand the area’s appeal.
This pleasant suburb has a rich history, starting with the fact that it was the setting of Irish High King, Brian Boru’s, victory against the Vikings in 1014. Since then, it has grown slowly, first as a fishing village and then becoming a popular holiday destination in the 1600s.
Over the centuries the area has developed so that nowadays house buyers have a rich selection of property types from Georgian style, and elegant Victorian and Edwardian terraces to attractive modern estates. There’s even a 17th century castle, though you’ll have to book rather than buy rooms there as it’s currently the Clontarf Castle Hotel!
All of this means that whether you’re a first-time or seasoned buyer, looking for a family home or downsizing as a retiree, Clontarf has property types for all needs and pocket-depths. So read on and find out why this northside neighbourhood just might be the right place for you to start calling “home”.
The coastal village of Clontarf is situated north of Dublin city and northeast of the city centre. To the south and west is Fairview and Marino, while to the northwest are the suburbs of Killester, Artane and Coolock. Continue further north and the sea road leads on to the attractive peninsula suburbs of Sutton and Howth.
Clontarf looks out across Dublin Bay, a view that has been enhanced by the lovely seafront promenade that winds its way from Bull Island to Fairview Park and is approximately 3km (just under 2 miles) in length.
Though only a 10-minute drive to the centre of town, the area is well served by public transport. The 130, 104, 31/A and 32/A buses all run along the coast road, while the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) train stops at Clontarf Road Railway station.
The suburb is also close to Dublin Airport as well as Connolly Station, which links Dublin to Belfast, Sligo and the Rosslare Europort with connecting ferries to Wales and France.
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Clontarf has spread out beyond it’s small fishing village start but the heart of the village remains a hub for locals. Though small in size, it boasts a good selection of shops, restaurants, bars, as well as a local Credit Union.
First-time buyers may find terraced cottages and other smaller abodes priced under €350,000 around the village centre. Though further properties closer to €280K might be more easily encountered in the apartment estates of Seafield Court on Castle Avenue and Haddon Court on Haddon Road.
The seafront promenade, built on land reclaimed from the sea in the 1920s, is without a doubt a great draw for house-hunters hoping to move to the locality. Not only does it offer spectacular views of the bay and the iconic “Poolbeg Stacks” across the water in Ringsend (and – yes – they are the towers that feature in the U2 video!), but it provides plentiful walking and cycling trails.
At the Fairview end of the walkway, near the Dart line, is the Children's Traffic School constructed in 1971. It sits alongside a well used floodlit all-weather facility for athletics and football. The other end of the promenade stops at the historic wooden bridge that joins the area to Bull Island, an important biosphere reserve that boasts an extraordinary wealth of wildlife including mammals, birds, fish, insects, plants.
This area is also home to Dollymount Strand, one of Dublin’s favourite beaches and a haven for wind surfers, kite surfers and stand-up paddlers. It’s here that the Battle for the Bay, a PowerKite, SUP, and fun family festival happens every summer.
The Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club, founded in 1875, is located in Dublin Bay and is another fantastic amenity for locals and sailors of all levels of experience.
However, if you prefer dry land, then Clontarf has you covered too. St. Anne’s Park, at the Raheny end of the area is internationally known for its 500-acre estate complete with a rose garden, arboretum, artist studios, and numerous sporting facilities. Parents of young children moving to the area will be pleased to know there’s a large children’s playground in the park too.
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Schools in Clontarf
Families can also rest assured that there are ample schools in the area and nearby suburbs. Local primary schools include Belgrove National School (NS), Greenlanes NS (Church of Ireland) and Howth Road Mixed NS (Presbyterian), while there are three secondary schools nearby too.
House hunters looking for large family homes should check out long-established parts of the suburb such as Seapark and Kincora Road, where a three- to four-bedroom house with ample front and back garden space will be typically priced around the €5ook to €6ook mark.
And those who have upwards of a cool million to spend may want to check out some of the most coveted properties in this area – the palatial Victorian villas that face onto Dublin Bay.
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